Amoy Gardens

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Amoy Gardens after the demolition of Lower Ngau Tau Kok (II) Estate
Amoy Gardens blocks standing behind a block of the, green coloured, Lower Ngau Tau Kok (II) Estate

Amoy Gardens (Chinese: 淘大花園; Jyutping: tou4 daai6 faa1 jyun4; Pinyin: táo dà huā yuán) is a high-density middle-class private housing estate in Hong Kong completed from 1981 to 1987.[1] It was the most seriously affected location during the 2003 SARS outbreak, with over 300 infected people.

Location[edit]

A cinema on the ground floor of Amoy Gardens[2]

Amoy Gardens is located in the Ngau Tau Kok area of Kowloon, in the north east of Kowloon Peninsula of Hong Kong. It was on the land formerly the factory of soy sauce and other foods of Amoy Food Limited. Administratively, it is part of the Kwun Tong District.

Features[edit]

Some of the restaurants in the Food Front

Amoy Gardens comprises 19 blocks, from A to S, with height ranging from 30 to 40 floors.[1] The eight blocks A-H are 33 stories/105 m high, and situated on a podium 14 m high, which houses a commercial and shopping center. These eight blocks have 8 apartments per floor arranged in a cruciform shape. Each arm of the cruciform contains 2 apartments.[3]

There is a shopping mall (Amoy Plaza) as well as a food square within the entire Amoy Gardens estate.

SARS outbreak[edit]

Toward the end of March 2003, an outbreak of SARS occurred among residents of Amoy Gardens. As of April 15, 2003, there were a total of 321 cases of SARS in the estate. A concentration of cases was recorded in block E, accounting for 41% of the cumulative total. Block C (15%), block B (13%) and block D (13%) recorded the second, third and fourth highest incidence of SARS infections. The other cases (18%) were scattered in 11 other blocks.[4] Most of the initial 107 patients from Block E lived in flats that were vertically arranged.

All residents were subsequently moved to Lei Yue Mun and Lady MacLehose Holiday Village for isolation. In the mid-2003, the authority concern found that there were serious problems with the arrangement of bathroom drains which contributed to the spread of SARS.

The estate was decontaminated and the residents were able to return.

Transportation[edit]

Amoy Gardens is served by the Kowloon Bay Station of the MTR metro system.[5]

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Coordinates: 22°19′28″N 114°13′00″E / 22.32445°N 114.21659°E / 22.32445; 114.21659